As part of IDSA's on-going efforts to connect design to the K-12 education system, we have just successfully concluded the 2012 IDSA Design Learning Challenge. All participants in this year’s challenge did an excellent job. A few students surpassed all expectations, and we wish to acknowledge their achievements as well as thank jury members, facilitators and sponsors.
I visited the Vitra Museum in Wiel am Rhein, just north of the German/Swiss border on the outskirts of Basel, to talk to the curator Jochen Eisenbrand and to go on a guided tour of their Charles Eames permanent collection. Their Charles Eames' collection includes physical artifacts and forms of what came out of his office after he passed away. I went to see their collection of Eames' work and to talk about the possibility of getting some of that work back to the US for display.
What do the recent developments regarding Bank of America wanting to charge their customers for convenience and the court cases involving Apple and Samsung mean for design management? Perhaps what we are learning is just how high the stakes for design have become!
Bank of America's blatant disregard for the customer. The dark side.
IDSA was asked by a group of 8th graders to help them with a career's project they where working on, and we felt the questions they asked would be interesting for many kids considering a career in industrial design. A group of four designers in very different positions were brought to gether to answer the questions.
In the last century Industrial Designers gave form to products. In this century they will give form to experiences.
In our recent survey of IDSA members, Innovation came out as the runaway number one membership benefit. And so it should, as the critical, thought provoking mouthpiece of IDSA. In other parts of the survey, IDSA fell way short of members’ expectations; as we head into the next decade, we are going to raise the bar on everything we do, starting with the above thought about the future of our profession in a world run by a global economy and, for the most part, global design thinking.
Is there a reason for this trend? Of course! A large, technology-driven social revolution is underway that we need to frame our design thinking around in order to become a more important contributor to positive change in the world.